Statement of the Diocese of Balanga on the Nuclear Power Plant

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The  Diocese of Balanga, Bataan welcomes with appreciation the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte to rule out tapping nuclear power for the country’s energy needs thereby showing a concern for the people’s safety for the proper care of our environment.

We have expressed repeatedly our stand on nuclear power and in particular on the Bataan nuclear power plant that sits on our province, a testament to monumental graft and corruption; that it is unsafe and can harm our land, water, air, marine creatures and our people as pointed out by experts. Very innovative scientific discoveries have created alternative sources of energy that are far safer and more protective of the environment, such as solar, wind and water. 

Let us turn to these renewable sources of energy and let us stop insisting on the rehabilitation of Bataan nuclear power plant.

Ruperto Cruz Santos
Bishop of Balanga


President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said he is not keen on using nuclear energy to bring down power costs in the Philippines, saying the country has yet to come up with “tight” safeguards against possible nuclear disasters.

“Not maybe during my presidency. Huwag muna ngayon kasi we have to come up with safeguards. Really, really tight safeguards to assure that there will be no disasters if there is a nuclear leak or explosion somewhere in the nuclear reactors that we will build,” he said. (GMA News Online)

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